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Photos: Taylor Swift Greets Fans, Teases New Music At Nashville Mural

Taylor Swift greeted a crowd of fans at a Nashville mural on Thursday, and confirmed the huge painting of colorful butterfly wings has a connection to her upcoming music release.

Until Thursday's surprise in-person event, Swift had not revealed she was planning to release a song on April 26, only that the day would include an important announcement from her.

Swift showed off her dip-dyed pink hair, a splash of color that coincides with promotional photos for what looks to be her seventh album cycle. For weeks, Swift has publicized the pending announcement with a variety of colorful images on her Instagram account, from pink tulle to glitter-based hearts.

Similar images are found in her mural, which was painted by artist Kelsey Montague. The image showcases 13 hearts and seven stars, a combination of numbers that are significant to Swift. The seven stars seemed to confirm this is the seventh era from Swift, as fans suspected, while the 13 hearts signify Swift’s long-time favorite number. Other clues in the piece included rainbow and cat imagery.

In a message posted to her Instagram story around the time she appeared at the mural wall in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood, Swift confirmed new music was on the way. 

“Okay, so, we’ve commissioned this butterfly mural to be painted on a wall in Nashville, and put clues about the song and the new music in the mural, so I’m gonna go show up,” Swift shared.

GettyImages-1145071309 Taylor Swift visits with fans at her mural in Nashville on April 25, 2019. Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images

GettyImages-1145078166 In advance of her new album release, Taylor Swift surprises fans at the new Kelsey Montague "What Lifts You Up" Mural on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Swift commissioned the mural and put clues about her upcoming new music in the piece. Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images

Screen Shot 2019-04-25 at 2 Taylor Swift wore a two-piece purple outfit to the reveal of her mural on April 25, 2019, in Nashville. Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images

Screen Shot 2019-04-25 at 1 Taylor Swift and Kelsey Montague pose in front of Swift's commissioned mural in Nashville. Courtney Montague

GettyImages-1145067742 In advance of her new album release, Taylor Swift surprises fans at the new Kelsey Montague "What Lifts You Up" Mural on April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. Swift commissioned the mural and put clues about her upcoming new music in the piece. Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images

GettyImages-1145068351 Taylor Swift takes a selfie with a fan at her mural on April 25, 2019. Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images

Before the singer revealed the mural to be yet another mastermind hint in her deep tease of new music, Swift talked on Instagram about the speculation regarding the artwork and the fans' debate over whether or not it had anything to do with her or her music. 

“I went on Tumblr and everybody thinks it’s fake,” she explained on her Instagram story. “They think it’s just one of their theories.”

Swift’s fans flocked to the mural Thursday morning when rumors spread the pop star may show up. There were over 200 attendees when Swift did stop by on Thursday afternoon, according to journalist Rebecca Cardenas.

Fans now theorize about Swift’s new single, which could be titled “ME!” The two-letter word was added to the mural just hours before Swift appeared on Thursday. The singer also told fans to watch ABC between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET Thursday for the next part of her clue. Her Instagram account later told fans she’ll be speaking with ABC News' Robin Roberts.

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